Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were released early 2017. The main attraction of the Samsung Galaxy S8 series was the addition of Bixby with a dedicated physical button for the activation of the digital assistant. After the launch of the Galaxy S8 series, there were reports that the Bixby button cannot be disabled.
With the latest update, Samsung has provided an ability to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. It is also possible to disable them in the newly launched Galaxy Note 8.
If you disable the Bixby button, it will not launch the Bixby Home. However, the Bixby Voice can be activated after a long press. You need to install the latest version of the various Samsung Bixby services if you would like to work with this feature.
To start receiving the updates, you should navigate to the Galaxy Apps and access the My Apps section by tapping on the three dots located on the top right-hand side of the display. You should select All apps option and download all the required updates to all Bixby services. You can then navigate to the Bixby Home and locate the toggle to disable the option from the menu.
Even though Samsung has provided a capability to disable the Bixby button, tech enthusiasts have been demanding a feature with which the button can be remapped to launch other apps and services.
For example, you should be able to launch Gmail after remapping the Bixby button. The chances of Samsung providing an option to remap the button looks bleak because the purpose of the button will be lost. However, the feature will be useful if users want to make use of the button extensively.
We expect that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 series will be integrated with a dedicated button not only to launch Bixby but also a wide range of apps based on your requirements.
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